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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)

Do you want to study a Bachelors or Postgraduate level but need to improve your English to be successful in higher-level programmes? Study English and prepare yourself for further study at degree and postgraduate levels.

Level
5
Credits
60 (0.5 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February, July or September
Duration
Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.

Programme overview

This programme extends on your previous English language study. In this programme, you'll be able to understand and produce extended and complex academic texts on a wide range of topics. 

Highlights

  • Learn how to listen, read, write and speak in English in higher-level and postgraduate academic contexts
  • Get the language and study skills to succeed in higher education
  • Use the latest technology and apps to help you learn
  • Get access to great teachers and equipment (including a well-equipped Library, English Language Centre and computer labs)
  • Learn perspectives from diverse cultures and understand ethical, bicultural and social issues in New Zealand
  • Learn in a fast and flexible 16-week programme

Where to from here?

Most students who successfully complete this programme can move into any Unitec programme that requires IELTS 6.5 (all undergraduate degrees and most post-graduate programmes). 

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme.

Is this the right level for me?

If you're not sure, feel free to take this free online test to help you determine what English programme to apply for. 

Alternatively, simply apply and we can move you into the right programme after you sit the placement test (if required). 

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:
  1. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
  2. A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) or equivalent, or achieve an appropriate score on Unitec's Language Studies English Language Placement Test. 
Don't meet these requirements? We also accept:
  • Sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Listening in Academic Contexts (EAPL5151) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ understanding of complex, oral academic texts on a wide range of topics at CEFR high B2 level.
Speaking in Academic Contexts (EAPL5152) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ ability to participate flexibly and effectively in extended spoken academic discourse on a wide range of topics at CEFR high B2 level
Reading in Academic Contexts (EAPL5153) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ understanding extended, complex written academic texts on a wide range of topics of at CEFR high B2 level.
Writing in Academic Contexts (EAPL5154) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) This course develops students’ ability to write well-structured, sophisticated, extended academic texts on a wide range of topics.